Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

'Death threats' for Canada's Boutin

'Death threats' for Canada's Boutin

Canadian short track speed skater Kim Boutin's dream of winning an Olympic medal has quickly turned into a nightmare with her social media accounts inundated with abuse and threats from angry South Korean fans after she won bronze on Tuesday.

Boutin finished in fourth place, but was elevated to third after the disqualification.

Italy's Arianna Fontana won a dramatic final, in which Britain's Elise Christie fell after being clipped by Yara van Kerkhof with the Dutchwoman taking silver.

"Congratulations on a dirty medal", one message said.

Another comment reportedly read: "If I find you, you will die".

For Boutin, that meant a trip to the medal stand, and, subsequently, a barrage of angry messages, several hateful, on her social media accounts. We occasionally have these issues and it is something we don't approve of.

Canadian speedskater Kim Boutin threatened after bronze-medal win.

"All we can do is say, let's concentrate on what was a great performance and congratulations by the way to Canada for the bronze medal - I was there last night and it was pretty incredible".

The threats were originally reported by CBC and Sportsnet's Arash Madani, and led to this statement from Team Canada.

Short-track speed skating is the host nation's favourite winter sport, with South Korea having won 43 their 55 Winter Olympic medals in it.

Meanwhile, Canada's Olympic Committee issued a statement saying: "The health, safety and security of all our team members is our top priority and as such we are working closely with Speed Skating Canada, our security personnel and the RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police]".

But immediately following the event, the post was swarmed by outraged fans of Choi, racking up over 10,000 comments, most of which were critical of her performance.

Christie, who regained her feet to finish fourth in Tuesday's final, was the target of similar online treatment at Sochi 2014 after she collided with South Korean skater Park Seung-hi.

U.S. Olympic champion Apolo Ohno also felt South Korean wrath in Salt Lake City in 2002 after protesting against what he said was blocked by a South Korean skater who was then disqualified.

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